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Hi,
I noticed after taking a hot shower today that I have a huge bubble in my ceiling. I asked my upstairs tenant if something was leaking in their bathroom, and she said not that she was aware of. So I assuming the bubble is from me taking a shower with the door closed, and I do not have a fan in the bathroom. I have touched the bubble and there seems to be quite a lot of water in there. Is there anything I can do it make it dry up? Or is it just going to burst now. I have noticed that is it starting to drip a little.
Thanks!!
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I doubt the bubble is caused by condensation. At least not directly onto the ceiling -- you'd need a significant amount of water condensing above the ceiling and dripping down to form a large bubble such as you describe.
There's almost certainly a leak upstairs and you'd be well advised to get it fixed before the water causes even more damage.
I would burst the bubble immediately with a sharp instrument (knife or whatever). The water that's accumulating in there will only cause more damage. Get rid of it ASAP and ventilate the room to keep the humidity as low as possible -- you really don't want mold taking hold.
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snipped-for-privacy@malch.com (Malcolm Hoar) writes:

Agreed on all counts. No way condensation is causing a downward bulge in the ceiling.
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Malcolm Hoar wrote:

Don't stand under it - it may be used water.
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If it did not break already, get a large container and pop it. They find the leak from upstairs. They may not be aware, but there is a leak.
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if there were a leak upstairs it would not stop at the bubble. It would still be leaking. acrylic paint will bubble up from condensation getting behind it. I hate that type of paint. it does not allow anything to breathe.
| > Hi, | > | > I noticed after taking a hot shower today that I have a huge bubble in my | > ceiling. I asked my upstairs tenant if something was leaking in their | > bathroom, and she said not that she was aware of. So I assuming the bubble | > is from me taking a shower with the door closed, and I do not have a fan | > in | > the bathroom. I have touched the bubble and there seems to be quite a lot | > of water in there. Is there anything I can do it make it dry up? Or is it | > just going to burst now. I have noticed that is it starting to drip a | > little. | > | > Thanks!! | | If it did not break already, get a large container and pop it. They find | the leak from upstairs. They may not be aware, but there is a leak. | |
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rsoonb wrote:

Notify the landlord *immediately* and in writing!
If you take action to " burst" it, at least wear protective clothing. Chances are excellent that the water is from a toilet...
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He IS the landlord...:)
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On Fri, 12 Jan 2007 13:04:58 -0600, "rsoonb"

Get a bunch of buckets, or a biggg bucket, and get rid of anything that will be damaged by the spilling splattering water, and put a hole in the lowest part of the bubble. Have someone hold the next bucket in the stream above the bucket on the floor that just got filled. It will take all of 2 to 5 seconds so be ready to go. Even though it might, don't assume the water will come out where you put the hole. Be ready to move the bucket.
If you don't when it does burst, which could be any minute, there will be more damage to the ceiling and more to what's underneath.
It might be caused by your shower if your house is upside down and you're all walking on your heads. Otherwise it's a leak upstairs.
You have a homerepairlive address and you're asking this question? I think you are a troll who wasted some of my time. Grow up and stop being a jackass.

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I suspect we're looking at a cupful or at the most two, of water.
If there really is several gallons of water, it won't be there for very long. Wear a hard hat because that ceiling is about to come down.
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I'd have agreed with you last week, but a fellow I work with had a similar situation. He had a roof leak. When he broke the bubble, he got about three gallons of water, plus what spilled. Damage is about $2500 in his case. I never would have though paint would hold that much water.
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Yikes, that is pretty amazing. On the other hand, I've had co-workers that were prone to very occasionally make tiny exaggerations ;-)
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On Fri, 12 Jan 2007 20:39:31 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@malch.com (Malcolm Hoar) wrote:

In my case it wasn't three gallons, but I'm sure it was a lot more than 2 cups.
Forgot to mention that he needs another empty bucket to leave there to catch the continuing drip.
I tried going up in the attic and putting an 8 foot x 16 inch board under the hole, propped up near the middle of the house and tapering down to just over the soffit vent. If I had had more energy, I could have done a better job, but even that seemed to route some of the drip through the roof to outside the perimeter of my house, not counting the soffits.
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On Fri, 12 Jan 2007 13:04:58 -0600, "rsoonb"

Add ceiling repair cost to your list; after the leak is fixed. You may need to disclose this damage in a future sale, but I don't know that.
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rsoonb wrote:

Does she have a small child? They are really good at spilling lots of water.
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it is the latex ceiling paint stretching into a dirty water balloon because your upstairs tub or sink or toilet leaks, probably on the sewer side, not necessarily directly above the bubble.
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My money's on the leaky drainhole on the shower pan upstairs ... place your bets!
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| | | | My money's on the leaky drainhole on the shower pan upstairs ... place your | bets! | | PK | |
my bet is when someone steps out of the tub/shower upstairs dripping wet the water is getting in where the floor meets the tub.
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I don't appreciate being called a troll or a jackass. This is the first time I have owned a home, and I was looking for an answer to a problem. I thought this posting board would help me to get advice from other people who have gone through it. I came here to get solutions, not to be criticized. I appreciate all the other suggestions outside of this, which could have been kept to yourself.
I just found it odd that the bubble wasn't there until after I took a shower. I normally take a shower very early in the morning before going to work but I did not go to work today so I took a shower later in the day. It happened right after taking a shower. I have been in and out all day, and have finally made it home now. The dripping that was occurring (actually, it was just drops, the bucket I put underneath it when I left this afternoon has not one single drop of water in it) has stopped. I will call my home warranty company and see if they can tell if it is a leak from my upstairs tenant.
Again, thank you all for the helpful responses and taking the time to respond to me. To "mm" - no one forced you to respond, therefore if you wasted your time that was obviously on you. Maybe you're just a smartass or a know-it-all who has to put your two cents into everything. I didn't need your two cents, as you can see, as there are MANY, MANY other helpful people out there.

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